The South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Plan (SCOSH) is part of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation which is headed by the Director. Its main office is located in Columbia, South Carolina.
SCOSH exercises jurisdiction over all private and public sector workplaces within the state with the exception of: private sector maritime activities; employment on military bases; Savannah River and Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority private sector employment; federal government workers; and the United States Postal Service (USPS).
State Plans must set workplace safety and health standards that are "at least as effective" as OSHA standards. State Plans may promulgate standards that are more stringent than the comparable federal standards or promulgate standards covering hazards not addressed by federal standards. SCOSH has identically adopted all OSHA standards and regulations applicable to private and public sector employment and does not have any unique standards.
SCOSH compliance is responsible for the enforcement of its safety and health standards. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of regulations are found. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, and worker complaints or referrals. More information on enforcement in SCOSH can be found on the South Carolina State Plan website.
SCOSH offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. SCOSH also offers on-site consultation services which help employers - both public and private - comply with SCOSH or OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the South Carolina State Plan website.
Employers, workers, and worker representatives have the right to contest citations issued by SCOSH. When a citation is contested, the case is reviewed by the South Carolina Administrative Law Court. For more information on these proceedings, please visit the South Carolina State Plan website.
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